Friday, October 19, 2018

Book Review: The Darkest Star by Jennifer L. Armentrout


The Darkest Star (Origin, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Blurb:
When seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more powerful. Her growing attraction for Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, a world where everything she thought she knew will be turned on its head...

#1 New York Times, USA Today, and internationally bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout returns to the universe of the Lux in this brand new series, featuring beloved characters both new and old.

My Review:
I've been excitedly waiting for The Darkest Star since I first heard it was going to happen. Luc having his own series??? Yes please! 

Luckily I was able to get a copy through a trade and I started it right away. The story hooked me right away, but it is solely told in Evie's perspective and I kind of wish it had been told in dual perspectives between Evie and Luc, or maybe even that the whole book might have been told in Luc's perspective, although now that I think about it the latter probably wouldn't have worked. 

You get a (small) glimpse of some of your favorite characters from the LUX series (hellllooooo Daemon!) but I could have done with a little more. Maybe we'll see them more in the next book?

Like I said, the beginning hooked me and the ending was great but there was a part in the middle that made me want to skim a few chapters and I thought the big reveal about Evie's past could have been revealed a lot sooner in the story. By the time it was revealed it was like, yeah I've been guessing this for what? 200 pages?

Overall, it was a good, solid read and I'm definitely up to continuing this spinoff series whether it's to be a duology, trilogy, or more but you know what they say about spinoffs: they're never as good as the original. 

My Rating:
🌟🌟🌟🌟
4 of 5 Stars!

Monday, October 15, 2018

{Release Day Blitz} BETTING ON HIM by Kelly Collins




I am happy to be helping Kelly Collins and InkSlingerPR announce the release of BETTING ON HIM! BETTING ON HIM is the first Wilde Love novel, a series about the Las Vegas mob. If you love mafia romance, this is one you don't want to miss!

 

About BETTING ON HIM

He’s a gangster going straight. She’s a waitress going bankrupt. Will their gamble on a marriage of convenience pay off in true love?
Alex Wilde desperately wants to be free of the family’s mob business. But when his infamous father is murdered, the family attorney makes a suggestion he can’t ignore: find a bride before the funeral or they'll force a wedding with a nice Russian gangster girl. When he meets a feisty cocktail waitress, he thinks he’s found his way out.
Faye Tandy is desperately in debt and hard-pressed to find help. Alex’s offer of a phony marriage for a ton of cash couldn’t come at a better time and she’s happy to help him exit the criminal world. The fact that he’s tall, dark, and handsome is an attractive bonus. But when she discovers the Russians have a contract out on her head, she wonders if divorced and bankrupt would be a better choice than rich and dead...
As Faye’s fake feelings for Alex turn real, she’s terrified her trip to the altar might be her last. Will Alex and Faye’s throw of the dice succeed or will they lose the lawless game of love?

Add BETTING ON HIM to your Goodreads TBR!

Get your copy of BETTING ON HIM on Amazon today!

 

 

About KELLY COLLINS

International bestselling author of more than thirty novels, Kelly Collins writes with the intention of keeping the love alive. Always a romantic, she blends real-life events with her vivid imagination to create characters and stories that lovers of contemporary romance, new adult, and romantic suspense will return to again and again. Kelly lives in Colorado at the base of the Rocky Mountains with her husband of twenty-eight years, their two dogs, and a bird that hates her. She has three amazing children, whom she loves to pieces. Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Newsletter | BookBub

Monday, October 8, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Longest Books I've Read


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme started by The Broke and the Bookish and currently hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Longest Books I've Read

This week's TTT is all about those massive doorstoppers, long books that we've read. 

1. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

2. The Book of Life by Deborah Harkness

3. Nevermore by Kelly Creagh

4. Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

5. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas

6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

7. Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer

8. Bitten by Kelley Armstrong

9. The Great Pursuit by Wendy Higgins

10. The Beauty of Darkness by Mary E. Pearson

Do you realize that's an accumulated 6,441 pages right there depending on your format? I wonder how many pages I've read in my lifetime...
What are some of the longest books you've read? One of my grandmother's favorites is Forever Amber which is nearly 1000, War and Peace is a monster, so are a lot of Stephen King's books, and I hear Kingdom of Ash is over 900!
Happy Reading Bookdragons, whether its a graphic novel, a novel, or a monster of a book!

Book Review: The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein's Creator Mary Shelley by Catherine Reef


The Strange True Tale of Frankenstein's Creator Mary Shelley by Catherine Reef
Blurb:
On the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein,comes a riveting biography of its author, Mary Shelley, whose life reads like a dark gothic novel, filled with scandal, death, drama, and one of the strangest love stories in literary history.

The story of Frankenstein’s creator is a strange, romantic, and tragic one, as deeply compelling as the novel itself. Mary ran away to Lake Geneva with the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley when she was just sixteen. It was there, during a cold and wet summer, that she first imagined her story about a mad scientist who brought a corpse back to life. Success soon followed for Mary, but also great tragedy and misfortune.

Catherine Reef brings this passionate woman, brilliant writer, and forgotten feminist into crisp focus, detailing a life that was remarkable both before and after the publication of her iconic masterpiece. Includes index.

My Review:
Before Josh & I...
Before F. Scott & Zelda Fitzgerald...
There was Mary Wollstonecraft and Percy Bysshe Shelley...
the most dysfunctional couple of their time. (In my opinion).

Let me start by saying that I don't usually read non-fiction books, especially not biographies, but I won a copy of this book from the publisher and it looked really good and was fairly short and I was in a book rut anyway so I dove in... and I couldn't put it down!

I was in awe of Mary Shelley's life. I mean, you know the author, you know her most famous work, but I did not know what she had done to be so universally disliked by her peers. From her parent's backgrounds to her childhood spent hanging out by her mother's grave to running away with a married man, Percy Bysshe Shelley when she was only 16 and the tumultuous life they would live together - I was fascinated! I couldn't get enough. 

I mean their lifestyle, their traveling, their money woes, and Mary's health issues, it was like reading Z by Therese Anne Fowler only 100 years earlier in Europe. These are the type of historical women I look up to, the kind that resonate with me the most. 

Catherine Reef did a wonderful job bringing Mary to life on the page and I recommend this book to everyone familiar with Mary Shelley's life and those that aren't. 

My Rating
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
5 of 5 Stars!

Friday, October 5, 2018

{Book Review Blog Tour} Strong by Kylie Scott


Strong (Stage Dive, #4.5; 1001 Dark Nights, #88) by Kylie Scott
Blurb:
From New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Kylie Scott comes a new story in her Stage Dive series…

When the girl of your dreams is kind of a nightmare.

As head of security to Stage Dive, one of the biggest rock bands in the world, Sam Knowles has plenty of experience dealing with trouble. But spoilt brat Martha Nicholson just might be the worst thing he’s ever encountered. The beautiful troublemaker claims to have reformed, but Sam knows better than to think with what’s in his pants. Unfortunately, it’s not so easy to make his heart fall into line.

Martha’s had her sights on the seriously built bodyguard for years. Quiet and conservative, he’s not even remotely her type. So why the hell can’t she get him out of her mind? There’s more to her than the Louboutin wearing party-girl of previous years, however. Maybe it’s time to let him in on that fact and deal with this thing between them.

**Every 1001 Dark Nights novella is a standalone story. For new readers, it’s an introduction to an author’s world. And for fans, it’s a bonus book in the author’s series. We hope you'll enjoy each one as much as we do.**

LINKS: 


My Review:
I will never turn down the chance to reenter the world of Stage Dive and their entourage. I caught up with Mal and Anne in the Cock Tales Anthology and Strong was of course a must. 

I hadn't liked Martha in Deep and I'm still not sure how I feel about her. I mean I loved Martha and Sam together, the chemistry was perfect. I could relate to Martha in a way, as I'm not much for commitment either but Sam is such an awesome character you can't help but fall for him.

I liked Martha's interactions with Lizzy, the band, and of course her nephew and I laughed out loud more than once while reading this novella. 

While I loved this story overall, and I know it's meant to be a novella, it was a little too short for me and the epilogue seemed a little rushed. I felt like I wanted more, thats how much I loved this story. 

My Rating:
🌟🌟🌟🌟
4 of 5 Stars!



EXCERPT

“Ooh, busted,” said Lizzy. “The bodyguard caught you looking.”

“Shut it.” I inched my chin up a bit, trying not to frown because frowning gave you lines. “Sam and I have known each other for years and nothing has ever happened. You’re completely wrong about this.”

“Am I?”

“Yes, there’s nothing between us.”

“So that’s why you were staring at him?”

I chose not to answer that. “And you know he prefers to be called executive protection officer instead of bodyguard.”

At this, Lizzy burst out giggling, a malicious glee in her eyes. No wonder I liked my sister-in-law these days.

Ben shot us both an irritated glance. We both ignored it.

Of course, I’d known Sam would probably be here. Rock stars going out in public could be a delicate thing. People had a tendency to get overexcited. And while one person wanting an autograph wasn’t a problem, twenty or thirty of them suddenly swarming definitely could be. Having once been part of the entourage, I’d seen it happen to Ben and his fellow Stage Dive band members enough times to be wary. And you couldn’t get by with ordinary security. Rock stars needed protection from their over-zealous fans, but on the other hand they didn’t want the fans roughed up or hurt in any way. It required a delicate balance: control, experience, and a whole gamut of scary physical skills. Hence Sam.

Still, Portland seemed generally less crazy than the good old days back in LA. All of the guys seemed calmer and more settled away from the constant craziness of the party scene. Not to mention the effect of all of the wives/partners and various offspring. The biggest rock band in the world had officially been domesticated.

It was kind of cute. Or sad. I don’t know.

“Sorry, I didn’t mean to stir you,” she lied. “What do you think of your brother’s new musical bromance?”

On the small stage set up in the corner of the room, a young man wailed his heart out while playing an acoustic guitar. Much angst about a girl who only called him after midnight. Trust a rockster to turn a simple booty call into a heartbreaking ballad. The song was damn good though. He had talent. If only I hadn’t had my fill of the type when I was younger. The kid looked to be in his early to mid-twenties. Lanky with lots of tattoos. Your typical rock ’n roll Prince Charming. Gag. These days my type ran more toward…actually, what I needed or wanted in a male was a total mystery.

And my gaze did not stray back to Sam. That did not happen.


About Kylie Scott
Kylie is a New York Times and USA Today best-selling author. She was voted Australian Romance Writer of the year, 2013 & 2014, by the Australian Romance Writer’s Association and her books have been translated into eleven different languages. She is a long time fan of romance, rock music, and B-grade horror films. Based in Queensland, Australia with her two children and husband, she reads, writes and never dithers around on the internet. You can learn more about Kylie from http://www.kylie-scott.com/

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018

FALL 2018 YA SCAVENGER HUNT


Welcome to the Fall 2018 YA Scavenger Hunt!
Hey! I'm Taylor Fenner,
Your Hostess for this leg of the hunt!



A few things about me:

- I love Heath Bar Lattes.

- I start planning for Halloween in August.

- I have an addiction to bookish candles.


You Are Currently Hunting On


Looking for my exclusive bonus content? You'll have to keep hunting.

Somewhere on this blog hop, I've hidden a collection of character and story aesthetics for my  YA Fantasy / Fairytale Retelling, CurseBreaker. Before you go hunting for it be sure to check out the fantastic author I'm hosting.

A Little More About The YA Scavenger Hunt First...


This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors...and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize--one lucky winner will receive one book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 120 hours!

Go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt. There are SEVEN contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the PINK TEAM --but there is also a red team, a gold team, an orange team, a blue team, a green team and a purple team for a chance to win a whole different set of books!

If you'd like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

SCAVENGER HUNT HOW-TO & RULES

Directions: Below, you'll notice that I've listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the pink team, and then add them up (don't worry, you can use a calculator!). 

HINT: THE SECRET NUMBER IS HIGHLIGHTED IN PINK!

Entry Form: Once you've added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian's permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by OCTOBER 7TH, at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

I'm happy to be hosting...
MAY FREIGHTER!

 MAY FREIGHTER is an internationally bestselling author from Dublin, Ireland. She writes Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance, and Sci-Fi mysteries that will keep you entertained, mystified, and hopefully craving more. Her only pets are cacti. They’re the only things that survived. It may be too dangerous to entrust her with an animal while she’s engrossed in writing.

On sunny, rainy, and overcast days, she spends her time with her fictional friends, putting them through dangerous adventures while wishing them the best of luck. Her hobbies are photography, drawing, and plotting different ways of characters’ demise.


May's Exclusive Content for this season's YA Scavenger Hunt is revealing the cover of her upcoming book...

Case: 2 (Annalise Storm Chronicles Book 3)
Before we get to the cover reveal check out the blurb...


Duty or friendship, which to choose?


Annalise is faced with a new case. She must find out who plotted to assassinate the CEO of ETek and keep her findings a secret from Falcon. Easier said than done. The man pulling her strings from the shadows knows she’s up to something and takes what Annalise values the most as collateral. 

A choice must be made—friendship or duty. Whatever she picks, there may be no good ending.

Secrets, lies, mystery, and forbidden romance await you in this final volume of Annalise Storm Chronicles.


For more information on the series, please visit www.authormayfreighter.com/annalise-storm-chronicles/

You can get May’s free paranormal romance novella, DESIRED, here (https://www.books2read.com/u/bapy2v) or by signing up to May’s newsletter (https://mybookcave.com/d/9b3b5753/)



EXCLUSIVE COVER REVEAL COMING RIGHT UP!




Taylor here - I love this cover so much I can picture it advertised on the side of a 13 story building!

Are you dying to read this series? 

Catch up starting with Case: 0!

You can buy Case: 0 here

Check out more on May's Website, Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads, Instagram, and Amazon Author pages!


And don't forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of books by me, May, and many more! Check out all the books on TEAM PINK,



REMEMBER: To enter, you need to write down my favorite number (found above highlighted in pink!), find all the other numbers on TEAM PINK add them up, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

Thank you so much for visiting my website! While you’re here don’t forget to enter the rafflecopter bonus contest I am running exclusively during the YA Scavenger Hunt. One lucky winner will receive a CHAPTER SAMPLER of my upcoming New Adult Urban Fantasy  Retelling, HEADLESS, an ebook copy of CURSEBREAKER, and a $5 Amazon Gift Card! Good luck everyone!

Enter the rafflecopter below for a chance to win,

CONTINUE THE HUNT

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author... PINTIP DUNN!

Monday, October 1, 2018

Book Review: THE BONELESS MERCIES by April Genevieve Tucholke


The Boneless Mercies by April Genevieve Tucholke
Blurb:
A dark and gorgeously drawn standalone YA fantasy about a band of mercenary girls in search of female glory. Won in a major six-house auction!

Frey, Ovie, Juniper, and Runa are the Boneless Mercies—girls hired to kill quickly, quietly, and mercifully. But Frey is weary of the death trade and, having been raised on the heroic sagas of her people, dreams of a bigger life. 

When she hears of an unstoppable monster ravaging a nearby town, Frey decides this is the Mercies' one chance out. The fame and fortune of bringing down such a beast would ensure a new future for all the Mercies. In fact, her actions may change the story arc of women everywhere.

Full of fierce girls, bloodlust, tenuous alliances, and unapologetic quests for glory, this elegantly spun tale challenges the power of storytelling—and who gets to be the storyteller. Perfect for fans of Maggie Stiefvater, V.E. Schwab, and Heidi Heilig.

My Review:
What can I say about this book really? It was unbelievably fantastic! The storytelling is beautiful and lush, the world-building is clear, and the characters are well-rounded. The Boneless Mercies is definitely a stand-out among the books I've read this year, possibly my FAVORITE of the year. 

Frey is strong yet imaginative, Runa is moody yet fearless, Ovie is silent and wise, Juniper is bright and hopeful, and Trigve is their support system, their ally, their friend. They will face the world together, leave the path of Boneless Mercies forever in search of the Blue Vee Beast, and fight side by side the dangers they encounter along the way. 

This book keeps you reading, like listening to a story of old around the fire. The author splendidly weaves the tale, keeping you enchanted, and longing for the close bonds of friendship etched into the Mercies. There's mythology and courageous heroines and I loved every single page!

Do you like Norse-inspired stories? Strong female characters? Fierce friendships? The Boneless Mercies is the book for you! 

My Rating:
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
6 of 5 Stars!

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